Indiana Pacers Need Homecourt Advantage In Playoffs

By Andy Schmidt
Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

It has been a special season so far for the Indiana Pacers especially at home with Indiana boasting a 20-4 record at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. That point alone should make Indiana want to be sure to win the Central Division and guarantee having home-court advantage for at least the first round of the playoffs. Every team in the National Basketball Association is going to have trouble on the road and with the Pacers at 11-16 away from home, the rest of the season needs to be focused on home court.

The Pacers are very dependent on their defense and are allowing the second-fewest points in the whole NBA right now but are scoring the third-fewest points. It is a very fine line that Indiana is walking on at this point and they will need the fans at home to impact what their opponents are doing to add any advantage. Indiana can’t keep living and playing this way and can’t keep scoring as few points a game as they are right now. The defense may not hold up through the whole year and any defensive breakdown in the playoffs will lead to being eliminated.

There are only five games between the No. 3 and No. 8 seed right now in the Eastern Conference and with around 30 games left this season, the margin for error is slim. The Pacers are a very good basketball team but they must win the Central Division to have any hope in the playoffs. The stretch run has become nearly a must-win situation every time the team is home.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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